reading

TO BE READ

november 2014

  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild and other stories by Doris Betts (stories)

october 2014

  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (novel)
  • The New Valley by Josh Weil (debut novellas)
  • The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis (novel)

september 2014

  • Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes (young adult novel)
  • Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (novel)

august 2014

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Bound by Antonya Nelson (novel)
  • Shepherd by Richard Gilbert (debut memoir)

july 2014

  • Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon (novel)
  • Acts of God by Ellen Gilchrist (stories)
  • The Anna Papers by Ellen Gilchrist (reread)

june 2014

may 2014

  • Richard II by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Sparta by Roxana Robinson (novel)
  • King John by William Shakespeare (play)
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tart [771 pages!] (novel)

april 2014

  • Love’s Labor’s Lost by William Shakespeare (play)
  • The Pat Boone Fan Club by Sue William Silverman (memoir)
  • Resuscitation of a Hanged Man by Denis Johnson (novel)

march 2014

  • The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Train Shots by Vanessa Blakeslee (debut stories)

february 2014

  • Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III (linked novellas)
  • Mystery Ride by Robert Boswell (novel/reread)
  • Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare (play)

january 2014

  • The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare (play)
  • The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante (novel)
  • The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante (debut novel)

december 2013

  • Silverchest by Carl Phillips (poetry)
  • Small Change by Elizabeth Hay (linked stories)
  • Still Writing by Dani Shapiro (nonfiction)
  • Tumbledown by Robert Boswell (novel)

november 2013

  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Life Drawing by Robin Black (novel)

october 2013

  • Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson (novel)

september 2013

  • Richard III by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (novel)
  • The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman (debut novel)

august 2013

  • Westerly by Will Schutt (poetry)
  • The Saddest Music Ever Written by Thomas Larson (nonfiction)
  • Henry VI, Part Three by William Shakespeare (play)

july 2013

  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (debut novel)
  • Henry VI, Part One by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Henry VI, Part Two by William Shakespeare (play)

june 2013

  • Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt (novel)
  • The Season of Open Water by Dawn Tripp (novel)
  • The Paper Anniversary by Joan Wickersham (novel)

may 2013

april 2013

march 2013

  • Tenth of December by George Saunders (stories)
  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (novel)

february 2013

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (debut novel)
  • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (debut novel)
  • Reservation Road by John Burnham Schwrtz (novel)
  • Prosperous Friends by Christine Schutt (novel)

january 2013

  • Seasons in Love by Dave Malone (poetry)
  • Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith (debut novel)
  • The News from Spain by Joan Wickersham (stories)
  • Train Dreams by Denis Johnson (novella)

december 2012

november 2012

october 2012

  • A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter (novel)
  • Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (letters)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (debut novel)
  • Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins (stories)

september 2012

august 2012

july 2012

  • Straight Man by Richard Russo (novel)
  • The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards (nonfiction)
  • The Infinite Tides by Christian Kiefer (novel/debut)
  • Unconventions by Michael Martone (craft)
  • Four for a Quarter by Michael Martone (book)
  • The Burning House by Paul Lisicky (novel)
  • Florida by Christine Schutt (novel)

june 2012

  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese [658 pages!] (novel/debut)
  • Nobody Wakes Up Pretty by Diane Lefer (novel)
  • Into This World by Sybil Baker (novel)
  • Michael Martone by Michael Martone (fiction)
  • Best Words, Best Order by Stephen Dobyns (essays)
  • When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams (essays)
  • After This by Alice McDermott (novel)
  • The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson (novel/debut)

may 2012

  • Normal People Don’t Live Like This by Dylan Landis (stories/debut)
  • The Education of Harriet Hatfield by May Sarton (novel)
  • The Art Lover by Carole Maso (novel)
  • The Bradshaw Variations (novel)
  • The Bradshaw Variations [nope, not a mistake--finished the last page and turned to the first to read it again] (novel/reread)
  • The Confessions of Edward Day by Valerie Martin (novel)

april 2012

march 2012

  • Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston (novel)

february 2012

january 2012

  • Volt by Alan Heathcock (stories/debut)
  • Torch by Cheryl Strayed (novel/debut)

december 2011

  • So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell (novel)
  • The Empty Family by Colm Toibin (stories)

november 2011

  • An Actor Prepares by Constantin Stanislavski (nonfiction)
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (novel)
  • We The Animals by Justin Torres (novel/debut)

october 2011

  • Notes Home From a Prodigal Son by Douglas Glover (essays)
  • The Court of Common Pleas by Alexandra Marshall (novel/reread)
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright (novel/reread)

september 2011

  • No Place on Earth by Christa Wolf (novel)
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (novel)

august 2011

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (novel)
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (novel/reread)
  • Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler (novel/reread)

july 2011

june 2011

may 2011

april 2011

  • This Won’t Take But A Minute, Honey by Steve Almond (essays and stories)
  • The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera (craft)
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit (essays)
  • Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston (novel)
  • Mother of Sorrows by Richard McCann (stories)

march 2011

  • The Age of Grief by Jane Smiley (stories and a novella)
  • Aspects of the Novel by E. M. Forster (craft)
  • How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler (novel)

february 2011

january 2011

december 2010

  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler (novel)
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (novel/did not finish)

november 2010

  • Old Border Road by Susan Froderberg (novel/debut)
  • Evocative Objects edited by Sherry Turkle (essays)
  • Coming to Writing and Other Essays by Helene Cixous (essays)
  • By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham (novel)
  • Journeyman’s Wages by Clemens Starck (poetry)
  • Shakespearean Design by Mark Rose (craft)
  • Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout (novel/reread)

october 2010

  • Jesus’ Son by Dennis Johnson (stories/reread)
  • Words Overflown by Stars edited by David Jauss (craft essays from the Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty)
  • The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (novel)

september 2010

august 2010

july 2010

june 2010

  • Mrs. Somebody Somebody by Tracy Winn (stories/debut)
  • Rabbit, Run by John Updike (novel)
  • Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom (stories)

may 2010

  • The Maytrees by Annie Dillard (novel/reread)
  • Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott (novel)
  • Verging on the Pertinent by Carol Emshwiller (stories)

april 2010

march 2010

  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (nonfiction)
  • How Fiction Works by James Wood (craft)
  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty (stories)
  • Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright (novel/debut)

february 2010

  • Love and Summer by William Trevor (novel)
  • Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel (stories)
  • Edinburgh by Alexander Chee (novel/debut)
  • Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace (essays)

january 2010

december 2009

  • Mentors, Muses, & Monsters edited by Elizabeth Benedict (essays)
  • The Signal by Ron Carlson (novel)

november 2009

  • An Equal Stillness by Francesca Kay (novel/debut)
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera (novel)
  • Things You Should Know by A. M. Homes (stories)

october 2009

  • A Brief History of Time by Shaindel Beers (poetry)
  • Snoop by Sam Gosling (nonfiction)
  • A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore (novel)
  • The Sweet In-Between by Sheri Reynolds (novel)
  • poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldrigde (craft)
  • wildlives by Monique Proulx (novel)

september 2009

  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (novel)
  • Speak Low by Carl Phillips (poetry)

august 2009

july 2009

  • This is Water by David Foster Wallace (essay)
  • The Way to Write by John Fairfax and John Moat (craft)
  • The Best American Short Stories 2008 edited by Salman Rushdie (story anthology)

june 2009

may 2009

april 2009

march 2009

  • House of Light by Mary Oliver (poetry)
  • The Secret Currency of Love edited by Hilary Black (essays)
  • In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin (nonfiction)
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (novel/reread)

february 2009

january 2009

december 2008

november 2008

october 2008

september 2008

august 2008

july 2008

june 2008

  • The Heart is a Loney Hunter by Carson McCullers (novel/reread)
  • The Problem with Paradise by Lesley Dahl (novel/YA)
  • Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos (novel)
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (memoir)
  • Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje (novel)
  • Flight by Sherman Alexie (novel)
  • Late Wife by Claudia Emerson (poetry)

may 2008

  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (stories/linked)
  • Enduring Love by Ian McEwan (novel)
  • A Dangerous Age by Ellen Gilchrist (brand new novel!)
  • The Spy who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre (novel)

april 2008

  • Animal Crackers by Hannah Tinti (stories/debut)
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (novel)
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin (novel)
  • The Gateway by T. M. McNally (stories)
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright (novel)

march 2008

february 2008

january 2008

  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (novel)
  • Five Skys by Ron Carlson (novel)
  • Ron Carlson Writes a Story by Ron Carlson (craft)
  • The Art of Subtext by Charles Baxter (craft)
  • Fugitive Blue by Dani Shapiro (novel)

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Please post a comment if you have any questions about these books.

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  2. Hey Hope! Nice to see you here. I’ve just read the first page of The Signal, and with your words I can’t wait to pick it back up again tonight. I see you liked Five Skies as well. So did I. I appreciate your leaving a comment!

    • Elizabeth, thanks for leaving a comment here. I have to say, I’m a list-maker so it just seemed natural to keep a list of the books I read. And I love reading others’ lists. Nice to know you!

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